Respiratory Care Sciences Syllabus for 2021-2022
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West Campus Allied Health 133

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RSPT-1225-001 Respiratory Care Sciences


Course Description

Physics, mathematics and chemistry as related to respiratory care.

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Notice to Students enrolled in an educational program for preparation of issuance of certain occupational licenses:

Students enrolled in an educational program in preparation for obtaining certain occupational licenses are potentially ineligible for such license if the student has been convicted of an offense. For further information, please contact:

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(2 sem hrs; 2 lec)

Class Type

On Campus Course

Syllabus Information


Kazmarek, et al., Egan’s Fundamentals of Respiratory Care.. Elsevier, 11th Edition or 12th Edition.


Class notes are provided through this course in Blackboard.  Additional paper and pens/pencils for note taking may be necessary.

Laptop computer with internet/WiFi capability and Respondus Lockdown Browser for in class testing.

Student Performance

End-of-Course Outcomes: Apply concepts of mathematics, chemistry, physics, and as related to respiratory care.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

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If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

  1. The student should read assignments prior to class and be prepared to discuss topics covered in class. Students will be called on to share their understanding of topics.
  2. All students are responsible for their own work.  Cheating of any kind will not be tolerated, a zero will be given for that assignment or exam and the student may be given an F for the course.
  3. Students should not engage in conversations during class unless related to the course or the material being covered.  Comments should not be made or directed toward specific individuals.  Please refrain from private conversations or any other activities which might distract other learners. 
  4. I want all students to be successful.  I believe cell phones distract from the learning environment.  For this reason, they should be turned off and put away out of view upon entering the classroom.  I reserve the right to confiscate any mobile device (phone, tablet or laptop) that is not being used appropriately at my discretion until the end of my class.  If you bring a laptop or other technological device to class, it should not be used for purposes other than taking class notes. 

Grading Criteria

  1. Each examination will have a specific value of points awarded for correct answers.  There will be no extra credit offered in this course and any bonus points earned may not increase the grade for that item above 100%.
  2. Additional assignments may also be given with a specified value or points.
  3. Short, unannounced quizzes may be given at the beginning of class from time to time.  The content of the quiz will be from the previous class.  There is no make up grade for a missed quiz. 
  4. At the end of the course, all possible points from examinations and other assignments will be totaled. This total will be the maximum possible points a student can earn.
  5. The number of points earned by a student will be divided by the maximum possible points for the course. The quotient will be expressed as a percent and converted to a final grade.  The final course grades will not be curved.

The grading scale for this course is:
A = 90 - 100%  
B = 80 - 89%    
C = 75 - 79%    
F = score less than 75.0%
Three (3) section exams (100 points each)
Annotated Bibliography (50 points)
Literature Review (50 points)
Comprehensive final exam (150 points)

Your grade will be determined by 3 categories of work – the Annotated Bibliography and Literature Review worth 100 points, the four exams worth 450 points, and the completion of the HESI math tutoring if required by your HESI math score.
Students not completing math tutoring as required by HESI Assessment by 12/3/21, will drop one letter grade in this course.

If a student is absent for a regularly scheduled examination, the student may take a makeup examination within seven (7) calendar days, but the highest grade a student can earn is 75%. All material given in this course (notes and reading assignments) will be tested during the major examinations.  A student may not leave the room during an exam; if a student chooses to leave the room, the exam will be graded at that point of completion.

Keep in mind that grades are not given.  Grades are EARNED based on student performance.  Often the instructor plays no role in the grading process other than recording.  Please be careful to note the requirements for earning the grade you desire and act accordingly throughout the semester. 


A student who plans to pass this course should also plan to regularly attend all lecture sessions.  Students chronically late for class or those with excessive absences may be at risk for passing this course.  Each student with a tardy/attendance problem will be addressed on an individual basis with the instructor.
I want you to be successful and your attendance is critical to your success.  In order to be fair, there is no distinction between an excused and an unexcused absence. 
Any student that has an A average on the 3 section exams (this does not include the score from the Annotated Bibliography and the Literature Review) may be exempt from the comprehensive final exam in this course.

Based on your score earned on the Math HESI Assessment, (60% or less) additional math tutoring will be required in the Student Success Center (SSC) located on West Campus in Building B.  It will be necessary to make appointments that fit your schedule outside of respiratory class time.


There will be three regular examinations for this course.

Final examination is comprehensive.

August 23 - Syllabus, Discussion about the Course,
August 25 - Reading assignment
August 30 - Reading assignment
September 1 - Reading assignment
September 6 - Labor Day, AC Closed; Reading assignment
September 8 - Reading assignment Section
September 13 - Librarian visit for LibGuide explanation for Anotated Bibliography
September 15 - EXAM 1
September 20 - Reading assignment
September 22 - Gas Law Group Presentations
September 27 - Gas Law Group Presentations
September 29 - Gas Law Group Presentations
October 4 - Egan's Chapter 24
October 6 - Egan's Chapter 24
October 11 - Egan's Chapter 24
October 13 - Egan's Chapter 24
October - 18-22 Fall Break, AC Closed
**Mrs. Byrd must have Writer's Corner acknowledgement on your Annotated Bibliography by 10/28/21**
October 25 - Egan's Chapter 24
October 27 - EXAM 2
November 1- Annotated Bibliography due in Blackboard.
November 1 - Egan's Chapter 12
November 3 - Librarian visit for Literature Review in WC-D #104
November 8- Egan's Chapter 12
November 10 - Egan's Chapter 12
November 15 - Egan's Chapter 12
November 17 - Egan's Chapter 12
November 22 - Egan's Chapter 12
November 24 - Literature Review due in Blackboard
November 24 - No classes after 12 noon due to Thanksgiving Holiday
November 29 - Review for Exam 3
December 1 - EXAM 3
December 6 - Review for Final Exam
December 9 - Review for Final Exam
December 15 - Final Exam

Please note this is only a tentative schedule.  It may be changed or adjusted at the instructor's discretion at any time.

Additional Information


The instructor will meet with students who perform poorly on exams (below 75%), or at a student’s request.  During the meeting, both parties will develop a plan to gain a better understanding of the information covered on the exam.  In addition, a student’s earning <75% on an exam, will schedule an appointment with the West Campus Tutoring Center after obtaining a prescription from the instructor.  This prescription will cover items missed on the exam.  The WC Tutorial appointment must be completed (on your own time) before the student can take the next exam in the course.  If the student has not completed remediation tutoring by exam date, a penalty of -10 points per day will be assessed until 7 days past the exam.  On the 7th day, a zero will be entered into the grade book for that exam.


A student, who develops a problem with a course policy or the course instructor, should first try to resolve the problem with the instructor of record, then the program director.  If the problem cannot be resolved at this level, the student should make an appointment to speak with the Associate Dean of Health Sciences Kim Boyd 354-6060, Dean of Health Sciences Kim Crowley 354-6087, Associate VP of Academic Services Becky Burton 371-5122, and VP of Academic Affairs Dr. Tamara Clunis 371-5226, in that order.


Campus police non-emergency 371-5163, and in the case of Emergency call 371-5911 or call 911 for city police and ambulance assistance.


Students wishing to withdraw from a class must consult with their instructor first.  Students may either communicate via email or meet face-to-face with their instructor to begin the withdrawal process.  If the instructor and student both agree that withdrawal is the appropriate course of action, the student will initiate the paperwork and obtain the instructor's signature.

Dropping courses before reaching the 60% point in the semester could result in the student needing to repay back financial aid funding.  To determine this date for your specific classes, log in to AC Connect, click the Self Service menu, click My Academic Profile, click My Important Course Section Dates.

Students will receive confirmation that their withdrawal request has been completed.  The Registrar's Office will process the withdrawal and notify both the student and the instructor via AC email.

If a student stops attending class and does not officially drop or withdraw from the course, a grade of "F" will be given for the course grade.  A grade of "W" will be given for student-initiated drops or withdrawals.  Texas law now mandates that students may only drop or withdraw 6 times in their entire college careers, excluding drops prior to the census date.
The last day to drop or withdraw is November 23, 2021.

NOTE:  Respiratory Care Program students that withdraw from this course will be delayed in completing the major components of the AAS degree in Respiratory Care. 
To continue in the program, a student may repeat an RSPT course only one time and may repeat no more than two RSPT courses while enrolled in the program.  The term "repeat" shall be interpreted to mean re-enrollment following withdrawal, drop, or unsatisfactory grade.

Syllabus Created on:

08/22/21 10:48 PM

Last Edited on:

10/02/21 5:53 PM